INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s our latest ‘hits and misses’ piece on 1075TheFan.com highlighting the good and bad from the previous game.
It was the first road shutout in nearly 30 years on Sunday as the Colts dominated the Texans, 31-0, in Houston.
What was the good and bad from the Colts (7-6) starting December with a season sweep of the Texans?
-No Lingering Around: The Jets hung around. The Jaguars really hung around. The lowly Texans did not. And credit to the Colts—aka Kenny Moore—for throwing some huge haymakers at the Texans right off the bat. In the ‘give no hope’ category, the Colts established themselves right away, and continued it through the first half and start of the third quarter. A couple of touchdown drives around halftime pushed the lead to 3 scores and the game was over. The Texans are not a good football team. But the Colts made them look ‘extra bad’ on Sunday.
-Some Individual Pass Rushing: A hat tip to Al-Quadin Muhmmad and Kemoko Turay for each recording a pair of sacks on Sunday. This is the young pass rushing that the Colts so desperately need. Now, we’ve seen this before—the Colts feasting on bad offensive lines—and it not translating to other pass rush success. But we still need to note when the Colts are able to create some pressure up front. Along with pesky cornerback play, the Colts totally stifled any attempt of the Texans to pass the football.
-Cornerback Play: Building on the point above, the Colts got strong cornerback play, led by Kenny Moore. Again, Houston’s passing offense is the furthest thing from potent. But the Colts had an ideal combination of pressure up front and sticky coverage on the back end to stymie anything through the air. Xavier Rhodes and Rock Ya-Sin had quiet days, which is a good thing, and a compliment.
-Ryan Kelly’s COVID Situation: The ‘miss’ here is the loss of Kelly on Sunday did contribute to the offensive line not controlling the line of scrimmage to the level you would like, mainly early in the game. This isn’t a rip of Danny Pinter. Hell, Pinter had no time to even prepare for this starting situation. But you noticed some communication things up front that caused this offense to have some hiccups. One thing to note on Kelly, if he was a symptomatic positive test, he could miss up to 14 days and the New England game is 14 days from Kelly first going on the COVID list. This is something to monitor.